Introduction

If you are interested in a career in the construction industry then this is the course for you, this is an exciting opportunity to take that first step to a career that is both satisfying and rewarding. The predominantly practical based course provides an insight into several important construction trades (bricklaying, decorative painting, carpentry and joinery, and plumbing) and covers a variety of skills in trades specific Units — helping learners to make informed choices regarding a career in construction. Learners will also develop skills and attitudes that enhance employability, not just for the construction industry, but employment generally (e.g setting goals, reflecting, and learning from experience, time-keeping).

Location:

Dumfries

Duration

3 hours per week on the College campus

Entry Requirements

No formal academic qualifications are required however applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to work at SCQF level 4.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. State 3 trades connected to the construction industry.
  2. Name 3 tools construction workers typically use and what they use it for.
  3. Name 3 materials construction workers typically use.
  4. Name 3 items of PPE (personal protective equipment) a construction worker would typically wear.
  5. State 3 tasks a construction worker would typically do during his/her working day.

Course Content

Content will include employability plus 3 trades at the discretion of the College: -
• Brick Walling
• Painting and Decorating
• Carpentry & Joinery
• Plumbing
• Plastering
• Roof Tiling
• Employability Skills
Course content is subject to change

Assessments

Continual practical assessment.

Progression

Automatic entry will be granted to any College Academy candidate looking to enroll on a full time construction course for next academic year providing that you have displayed the appropriate level of commitment, attitude, and passion to progress with a career in the construction industry and you are able to meet the entry criteria.

Career Prospects

This course in construction can be the start to many career paths from apprenticeship to craft operative (joiner, plumber, painter etc) to site manager to architect.

Additional funding information

N/A

Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email hodgsonm@dumgal.ac.uk

Selling Points

46% of all current 1st year Dumfries and Galloway construction apprentices have previously studied a construction related course within the college highlighting both the fantastic opportunity for progression to apprenticeship and the how employers are looking for apprentices who have prior construction knowledge and skills.